Remembering Pope John Paul II

An Invitation to Joy: Selections from the Writings and Speeches of His Holiness John Paul II

By John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005

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"On the eve of the new millennium, An Invitation to Joy brings together a selection of John Paul's messages with the most poignant photographs documenting his life both before and after his election to the papacy. For the first time, here is an illustrated devotional keepsake album that distills the essence of his message and shows the intimate connection between his words and his deeds.  Three main sections -- The Human Family, The People of God, and The Dignity of the Human Person -- encompass the themes that are most important to the Pontiff. Resonant passages on subjects such as love and family, suffering and evil, freedom and human rights, other religions and the role of women are coupled with striking photographs. A fourth section, A Lifetime of Devotion, provides a portrait of the Pope's entire life in pictures... ."

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Crossing the Threshold of Hope

By John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005

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"Fifteen years into his Papacy, and on the eve of the third millennium, Pope John Paul II goes to the heart of his personal beliefs and speaks with passion about the existence of God; about pain, suffering, and evil; about 'salvation;' and about the relationship of Catholicism to other branches of the Christian faith. With the humility and generosity of spirit for which he is well known, John Paul speaks forthrightly to all people."

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Faith For Today: Pope John Paul II's Catechetical Teaching

By Richard M. Hogan and John M. LeVoir

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An explanation of certain Catholic tenets.

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Forgiveness: Thoughts for the New Millennium

By John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005

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John Paul II's eloquent thoughts on the process and importance of forgiveness are broken into four segments: Sin, Mercy, Conversion, and Salvation.

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Gift and Mystery: On the Fiftieth Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination

By John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005

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"The story of my priestly vocation? At its deepest level, every vocation to the priesthood is a great mystery; it is a gift which infinitely transcends the individual."

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Go in Peace: A Gift of Enduring Love

By John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005

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Contents: On prayer -- On forgiveness and reconciliation -- On Jesus -- On faith and belief -- On living in the world -- On morality and the Christian conscience -- On the Church -- On Eucharist and the Mass -- On the family -- On suffering -- On Christian vocation and working in the world -- On God the Father.

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His Holiness: John Paul II and the Hidden History of Our Time

By Carl Bernstein and Marco Politi

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"With the same meticulous reporting skills and narrative excitement that went into All the President's Men and The Final Days, journalists Carl Bernstein and Marco Politi provide an astonishing look at Pope John Paul II--the foremost political figure of our time. In their research, Bernstein and Politi have had unprecedented access to rare sources of information in Rome, Washington, and Moscow, including formerly top-secret Soviet files. Through these fascinating documents, His Holiness allows the reader a previously impossible glimpse inside the inner workings of the Soviet hierarchy, and shows how the Soviets recognized the serious threat John Paul II posed to their survival--even a the start of his papacy. Startling Politburo minutes show Brezhnev, Andropov, and other key figures heatedly discussing at length how to handle the pope--even within days of the nearly successful assassination attempt."

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Man of the Century: The Life and Times of Pope John Paul II

By Jonathan Kwitny

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This award-winning book by a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal traces John Paul II's life from days in pre-war Poland when Karol Wojtyla, as he was known then, had to choose between the theater and priesthood, his support of the Polish Solidarity movement, his election to the church's highest office and his work afterwards.

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The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II: The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy

By George Weigel

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"...tells the dramatic story of the Pope’s battle with communism in light of new and recently disclosed information and brings to a close Weigel’s landmark portrait of a man who not only left an indelible mark on the Catholic Church, but also changed the course of world history.

"Weigel, with unprecedented access to many Soviet-era documents, chronicles John Paul’s struggle against the dark forces of communism. Moreover, Weigel recounts the tumultuous last years of John Paul’s life as he dealt with a crippling illness as well as the 'new world disorder' and revelations about corruption within the Catholic Church. Weigel’s thought-provoking biography of John Paul II concludes with a probing and passionate assessment of a man who lived his life as a witness to hope in service to the Christian ideals he embraced."

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The Gospel of Life [Evangelium Vitae]

By John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005

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"The encyclical letter on abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty in today's world."

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